For 28 seasons, Tom Bergeron was the face of Dancing with the Stars since the show began in 2005. Along with co-host, Erin Andrews, who joined the show in Season 18, the two kept the celebrity dancing competition running smoothly. However, ahead of Season 29 in July 2020, the show decided that it needed to pursue a new creative direction without Bergeron or Andrews. Instead, they hired Tyra Banks to be the new leader of the popular show.
While fans felt blindsided by the abrupt decision, Bergeron claimed that he saw it coming. During an episode of Bob Saget’s Here for You podcast, the former Dancing with the Stars host explained that the last season of his career with the show wasn’t quite as “pleasant” as the years before.
“In all candor, the show that I left was not the show that I loved,” Bergeron told Saget. “So at the end of the season that turned out to be my last season, I kind of knew. I took everything out of my dressing room that I really wanted. … It was kind of obvious that we were kind of butting heads [behind-the-scenes]. It wasn’t a pleasant [experience].”
He continued, “I wasn’t surprised that that was my last season, so there was no blue period. Actually, I think Erin and I had more fun being fired than virtually anybody.”
Former ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Judge Looks Back on His Hosting Time in Positive Light
According to the former Dancing with the Stars judge, he and the producers had different ideas regarding the show’s direction which ultimately led to his dismissal. When the team made a decision that Bergeron didn’t agree with, the host didn’t stand idly by. Instead, he voiced his objections, whether or not the producers would hear them. This was the case when Sean Spicer joined the DWTS cast in 2019. Once news of the contestant broke, Bergeron took to Twitter, stating his hopes for “a joyful respite from our exhausting political climate and free of inevitably decisive booking from ANY political affiliations.”
Regardless of his creative differences with the Dancing with the Stars staff, Bergeron chooses to look back on his experience with positivity. He also hopes that his friends and former co-workers continue to have successful careers on the show.
“They’re entitled to do the show the way they think is best. And so I look back at the time I spent there with really great fondness for the vast majority of it,” Bergeron shared. “And also there are people there on the show performing that I still care about, and I want them to have long careers. I want people to still watch it and support them and understand that sure, it’s different. But, you know, there’s still very talented people who were going to be on on your screens.”